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Let's go on the "Spector-Go-Round"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nino Valenti, Nov 25, 2001.


  1. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    A few years ago, I worked @ Sam Ash. I bought alot of basses there @ a nice discount. Let's focus on one, in particular. It's a Spector NS-4 CR in Natural oil finish. Very nice bass. Felt great, played great. In the process of buying my Trans-White NS-4 USA, I sell the NS-4 CR to a friend... no... aquantance of mine named Dave.

    About a year or so later I visit the Sam Ash store I used to work @ & I see my BEAUTIFUL NS-4 CR hanging on the wall :( marked @ $900. I talk to my man, Jimmy B (Assistant Store Manager, 2nd in command, when he was a salesman I bought many basses, guitars, amps, etc from him). He gave me a great price of $750. Thinking to myself... "that is a great price for this bass" I said, "Do Better" & he said sorry. So I left. Every time I go into the store (because I'm a glutton for punishment :)) I see this bass, but say nothing. Play other basses. buy other basses, etc.

    A few days ago, I join this <a href="http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/spectorbassclub"><font color=red size=3>Spector Club</font></a> @ Yahoo.com. I post pictures of all the Spectors I had pictures of. Me & Mr. Dead start chatting via AOL IM & he said something to the effect that "Wow, the natural one was nice".......

    That afternoon, I go back to the Sam Ash w/my Sam Ash credit card (7 months no interest, no payments). I walk in. The Spector basses are right in the front & the bass is gone. I think to myself, "Oh well, it wasn't meant to be." But there it was in the back. I'm playing the bass, talking to my buds I used to work with & I ask the big question.....

    ...."Where's Jimmy B?" My exact words were, "You can't make me leave w/out letting me walk out w/this bass" He asked the ever so distracting question, "How much do you want to pay?" I said "ONE PENNY" & laughed. "Do your magic JIM." He said $750. I said $650. He said, NO WAY!!!! I can't do that price. He has another customer to deal w/& I waited.....

    .....As he's dealing w/the customer, he & another sales man (that I worked with) kept telling me, "You love that bass for $750. When Jim was done w/that customer, I said $650.

    Remembering some of the instore meetings about getting rid of "used gear that has been sitting too long", I said, "This bass has been here for how long? A LONG TIME!!! I know you want to get rid of it to make room for a few MIM Strats that you could sell hand over fist. $650."

    "OK, let me see what I can do." I guess he went over to the store manager & when he came back he said.......


    ......$670.00.

    The moral of this story is this is what not to do if a bird $hit$ on you. Or that Nino's nuts!!!!! You chose. I should make a poll!!!!! NAH. There go those voices in my head taking over again. :p;)
     
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    This is the bass. Beautiful Flame maple body.
    <img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=11627687&p=56754482&Sequence=0&res=high" width=300>

    This is my 1st Spector & if I find it, I'm gonna buy it back too. :( Gotta bring all the babies back home. LOL
    <img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=11627687&p=56754480&Sequence=0&res=high" width=300>
     
  3. Hugh Jazz

    Hugh Jazz

    Sep 13, 2001
    Atlanta, GA
    Damn I love that line! Gotta love Brucie!

    But damn, Nino...I wish I had me a Spector. I remember my first experience with one. There was a Czech hanging high up on the wall, and I proceeded to be a little a$$ and took it off the hook/holder to test it out (much to the sales people's dismay). At first I thought it was a tad heavy and almost put it back. But then i decided to plug it into the only functional amp at the place, and SWR Workingman's 15.

    Oh damn. What a nice sound. I fell in love with the sound and playability of that bass in a second. This was, however, a 4 string, and I wanted a 5 (or a 6). I wasn't looking to buy anything at the point, so I just made a mental note to check it out the next time I made my way there.

    A month later, I saw a 5 string in the dark cherry burst color. Holy Lord! I wanted that baby, but alas she was too expensive for me. I need to upgrade my bass (yes, it sucks so much that I really NEED to), and I'm looking at 6 stringers. Right now my eye is on an Ibanez BTB 406 simply because it's in my price range (though I'd prefer to go with a Cirrus 6 or a Spector 5).

    But the moral of the story is, I will own a Spector 5 (or USA 6) in the future. She will be mine. Oh yes, she will be mine.

    That's all I have to say. Now that I think of it, my story was pretty pointless, and it didn't really have a moral. Yeah....

    PS: Nice bass! :D:p:cool:
     
  4. BassMan2000

    BassMan2000

    Sep 27, 2000
    Canada
    Nice to see Nino has his old bass again. Perhaps you shouldn't sell any of your basses :)
     
  5. The morale of the story is, if you enjoy a bass you already have, NEVER GET RID OF IT to make room for something else you may or may not enjoy. The least that will happen is that you'll lose $$$ in the process 9 times out of 10.
     
  6. hujo

    hujo

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I guess now is the time for Brad Johnson to come strutting in here, starting to rant about all those fantastic deals on all those fantastic basses.

    The damn bastard. ;)
     
  7. Spoken like a true artist.

    Never sell what you love, even if you start to love something else.
     
  8. Amen Brother!
     
  9. Hugh Jazz

    Hugh Jazz

    Sep 13, 2001
    Atlanta, GA
    This is especially true when it applies to women.



    ;) :D
     
  10. What, you sell women???:eek: :eek: :eek:
     
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I was unloved as a child* and am merely trying to compensate for that void in my sad, sad life. The choice came down to spending money on an analyst or gear. Guess which one won?

    BTW hujo, I never strut. I sashay... big difference. And I wouldn't rant... exerts to much energy. When you got it, you don't have to flaunt it:)








    *though my parents really, really liked me.
     
  12. Starrchild

    Starrchild

    Nov 10, 2000
    The Bay.
    bj,bj he's are man if he can't do it no one funking can.:D
     
  13. hujo

    hujo

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Suddenly, it all makes perfect sense.
     
  14. CS

    CS

    Dec 11, 1999
    UK
    This may be drifting off topic but

    I have been playing bass and guitar for 20 years and in that time I have had

    7 basses and still own 2 of em
    3 acoustic guitars and still own 2 of em
    5 electric guitars and still own 1

    The longest stint is 12 years on an Ovation I inherited. Longest bass was 9 years with my Status 3000 (traded for my Warwick and it hurt). Shortest stint was 3 days on a Les Paul until I realised that I like Strats(duh).

    The point-I tend to get very attached to instruments (I bought both my basses in 97) but I cannot justify a fleet of basses. I dont intend selling anything now but I saw a killer Conklin 4 in the bass centre...
     
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I've had my Tobias 4 for 21 years;)
     
  16. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    That beats my Peavey that I've had for 18...
     
  17. $670 = £471

    A new NS5CR sells for £1400 here. That's $1988.

    I need to move my ass to NY.
     
  18. Isn't Prague quite closer to you that New York? Perhaps you should take a trip there, you probably buy one there really inexpensive!
     
  19. Well, if that were true then they'd still be cheaper here in the UK than in the States. We are a part of the EU, ya'know.

    No, there's some fandangling going on here somewhere. It costs a lot less to ship basses from Prague to England than it does to ship from Prague to the US.

    Conspiracy? I like to think so.
     
  20. I've had my Brubaker NBS-Custom 5 since August!